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February 9, 2013

Wall's victory clinches win over Luther

Junior Andy Wall came through with a clutch win at number four singles to clinch Augustana's 5-4 victory over Luther, ranked 12th in the Central Region, on Saturday, February 9 at the Quad City Tennis Club. Wall beat Torstein Jystad for the decisive point as the Vikings moved to 4-0 on the season.

MOLINE, Ill. - A dramatic victory at number four singles by junior Andy Wall (Notre Dame Academy, DePere, Wis.) gave Augustana a scintillating 5-4 win over Luther on Saturday afternoon at the Quad City Tennis Club in Moline, Illinois. With the win the Vikings moved to 4-0 on the season as they also picked up an 8-1 win against St. Norbert earlier in the day.

The win against Luther came against a Norse team that was ranked 12th in the Central Region and coached by former Augustana head man Adam Strand.

AUGUSTANA 5, LUTHER 4

Andy Wall (Notre Dame Academy, DePere, Wis.) outlasted Torstein Jystad 6-3; 6-7; 11-9 in an epic battle at number four singles and that victory proved to be the difference as Augustana defeated Luther, ranked 12th in the Central Region, by a score of 5-4. The match was knotted at 4-4 and Wall and Jystad were the only two players left on the court and when the final point fell in Wall's favor, the Vikings upped their record to 4-0 on the young campaign. It was a courageous effort by Wall who had been sick earlier in the day and only played doubles in the 8-1 win over St. Norbert.

Augustana had to battle from behind after Luther took a 2-1 lead following the doubles matches. The lone point the Vikings garnered in doubles came at number three where junior Kevin Bayles (Homewood-Flossmoor HS, Flossmoor, Ill.) and senior Jack Cullen (Edgewood HS, Madison, Wis.) defeated Jystad and Matt Knutson 9-8. Bayles and Cullen fought off six match points before finally securing the victory.

Down 2-1, Augustana won four of the six singles matches, including a sweep of the four, five and six positions. Besides Wall's win at number four, Bayles defeated James Ayer 3-6; 6-2; 10-6 at number five and junior Grant Wick (Windsor HS, Fort Collins, Colo.) beat Knutson 3-6; 7-5; 10-1 at number six.

The other Viking to post a victory was freshman Harald Olsson (Lindingo, Sweden) who beat Nick Mozena at number two by a score of 6-1; 6-0.

AUGUSTANA 5, LUTHER 4

Singles

#1 - Karki Ramesh (L) beat Lawrence Palmer (A) 6-4; 6-4

#2 - Harald Olsson (A) beat Nick Mozena (L) 6-1; 6-0

#3 - Matthew Bellio (L) beat Will Palmer (A) 7-6; 6-3

#4 - Andy Wall (A) beat Torstein Jystad (L) 6-3; 6-7; 11-9

#5 - Kevin Bayles (A) beat James Ayer (L) 3-6; 6-2; 10-6

#6 - Grant Wick (A) beat Matt Knutson (L) 3-6; 7-5; 10-1

Doubles

#1 - Ramesh/Quinn Foley (L) beat L. Palmer/Wall (A) 9-7

#2 - Ayer/Mozena (L) beat Olsson/W. Palmer (A) 8-5

#3 - Bayles/Jack Cullen (A) beat Jystad/Knutson (L) 9-8

AUGUSTANA 8, ST. NORBERT 1

Augustana started the day with an 8-1 romp over St. Norbert to move to 3-0 on the season. The Vikings swept the doubles competition to take an early 3-0 lead in the match and then won five of the six singles to clinch the victory.

Junior Andy Wall (Notre Dame Academy, DePere, Wis.) and sophomore Lawrence Palmer (Schiller International School, El Prat de Llobregat, Spain) picked up an 8-0 win at number one doubles over the Green Knight team of Tim Hartwick and Nick Acosta. Senior Will Palmer (Schiller International School, Leicester, England) and freshman Harald Olsson (Lidingo, Sweden) defeated Matt Lobeck and Casey Lobeck 8-1 at number two. The number three team of freshman Austin Schoeck (Rock Island Alleman Catholic HS, Rock Island, Ill.) and junior Kevin Bayles (Homewood-Flossmoor HS, Flossmoor, Ill.) completed the doubles sweep with an 8-3 win over Nate Gosz and Travis Buechel at number three.

Lawrence Palmer beat Hartwick 6-0; 6-2 at number one and Will Palmer took care of Acosta at number three by a count of 6-2; 6-2. Bayles beat Josh Sweere at number four 6-0; 6-4 and senior Jack Cullen (Edgewood HS, Madison, Wis.) battled to a 7-5; 6-4 victory against Buechel at number five. Junior Grant Wick (Windsor HS, Fort Collins, Colo.) beat Zach Zdanovec 6-4; 6-2 at number five.

Augustana is now 6-0 in the series with St. Norbert.

AUGUSTANA 8, ST. NORBERT 1

Singles

#1 - Lawrence Palmer (A) beat Tim Hartwick (SNC) 6-0; 6-2

#2 - Matt Lobeck (SNC) beat Harald Olsson (A) 6-4; 7-6

#3 - Will Palmer (A) beat Nick Acosta (SNC) 6-2; 6-2

#4 -  Kevin Bayles (A) beat Josh Sweere (SNC) 6-0; 6-4

#5 - Jack Cullen (A) beat Travis Buechel (SNC) 7-5; 6-4

#6 - Grant Wick (A) beat Zach Zdanovec (SNC) 6-4; 6-2

Doubles

#1 - L. Palmer/Andy Wall (A) beat Hartwick/Acosta (SNC) 8-0

#2 - Olsson/W. Palmer (A) beat M. Lobeck/Casey Lobeck (SNC) 8-1

#3 - Austin Schoeck/Bayles (A) beat Nate Gosz/Buechel (SNC) 8-3